RE2, Inc.

March 16, 2011 09:00 ET

RE2, Inc. Selected to Develop Dual-Arm Robotic Controller for the U.S. Navy

The Office of Naval Research Awards RE2 $1.1 Million Broad Agency Announcement Contract

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - RE2, Inc. today announced that it has received a three-year, $1.1 Million Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contract with the Office of Naval Research to develop a Dual-Arm Robotic Controller for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations.

The capabilities of robotic manipulators are rapidly increasing. Next-generation robotic systems will feature two highly dexterous arms with additional sensing such as force feedback. The technology of the corresponding operator control station must keep up in order to effectively utilize the advanced capabilities of these future manipulators. As a result of this BAA contract, RE2 plans to develop an innovative and comprehensive solution for intuitively controlling a next-generation, dual-manipulator robotic system.

"A robotic manipulator is only as effective as an operator's ability to control it," said Dr. Patrick Rowe, vice president of research and development for RE2. "Our goal for this program is to provide robot operators with the ability to perform sophisticated manipulation tasks that are leaps and bounds above the current state of the art."

"A user-friendly dual-armed robotic system is something that EOD operators have been requesting," stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2. "By winning this program, RE2 is able to utilize its robotic manipulation expertise to solve one of the industry's current technology challenges."

Pedersen continued, "In addition to developing a user-friendly robotic controller, this contract will enable the Company to continue along its positive growth path and hire additional engineers to join our Pittsburgh-based operations."

About RE2, Inc.
RE2 is a leading developer of Intelligent Modular Manipulation Systems. RE2's mission is to advance the state of the art of mobile manipulation. RE2's manipulation systems and components are scalable and modular. RE2's development efforts are focused on creating plug-n-play manipulation systems and end-effectors that are interoperable with existing and next-generation robotic platforms. RE2's systems include the RE2 AUTOMATIC tool change system, Small Robot Toolkit, Dexterous Manipulation System, End-Effector Retrofit Kit, and the ForeRunner UGV. For more information, please visit or call 412.681.6382.

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